Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue Lt. James Meek inspects damage to a prius after a rollover accident off Highway 20 Monday afternoon. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue Lt. James Meek inspects damage to a prius after a rollover accident off Highway 20 Monday afternoon. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Rollover on Highway 20

A man was transported to WhidbeyHealth Medical Center after a rollover accident Monday afternoon off Highway 20 near Sherman Road. The man was dazed, but his injuries were likely minor, according to Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue Chief Ed Hartin.

The driver was traveling southbound at around noon when he crossed the highway and went off the embankment and landed in an area near Black Road, which runs parallel to the highway, Hartin said. The airbag on the Toyota Prius deployed and the cab stayed intact while the back end of the vehicle caved in. Officials on scene did not know what caused the driver to go off the road.

First responders had to use bolt cutters on a barbed-wire fence to get to the man, who was able to exit the car himself.

Fire officials said the design of the car likely led to the driver walking away mostly unharmed.

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